Scary Start for Silva

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Byline: Bruce Miles

DENVER -- The Cubs had more than a five-game losing streak to worry about Sunday during an 8-7 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Their starting pitcher, Carlos Silva, went to the hospital after coming out of the game in the first inning with an abnormally high heart rate.

The Cubs described the ailment as PSVT, or paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, which has as it symptoms palpitations, or a rapid heartbeat.

The 31-year-old right-hander retired the first batter he faced, but after he walked Jonathan Herrera, assistant trainer Ed Halbur paid a visit to the mound. After the next batter, Carlos Gonzalez, singled, head trainer Mark O'Neal came out, and Silva was taken out of the game.

The Cubs said paramedics stabilized Silva on the way to the hospital and that he's fine, but he'll be kept overnight for observation and that his status to pitch on his next turn is up in the air. It's the first known episode of this condition to the Cubs, they said.

"Whether it's the altitude or not, I don't know," said acting manager Alan Trammell, who added that the team noticed something when Silva stepped off the mound after walking Herrera. Denver is at mile-high altitude, and the Cubs initially thought Silva's problem was related to that because his initial problem was difficulty breathing.

The Cubs summoned Rockies doctors before Silva went to the hospital.

"A little scary," said left fielder Alfonso Soriano. …